December 19, 2014

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Elyria police arrest 21 during spring roundup

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Anna Merriman

The Chronicle-Telegram

ELYRIA — Police arrested 21 people in four days for various trafficking, drug, theft charges and warrants around the city this week.

Police, looking to close 15 of their open drug cases, started the arrests Monday in a sting they named “Operation Dragon.” The 15 arrests led to six more connected arrests, according to Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino.

“They’re all intertwined,” Costantino said.

Over the four days, police found 160 grams of cocaine, 30 grams of heroin, 270 grams of marijuana, 220 doses of oxycodone and Opana and nine doses of Ecstasy, according to a news release. Police also seized more than $14,000 in currency, four handguns, a Dodge Durango and an Acura MDX, which they believe were connected to drug trafficking.

All 21 people were arrested without a struggle, Costantino said.

“We’re constantly putting together investigations … several came together at the same time,” Costantino said.

In two of the cases, Costantino said the men sold drugs from their houses while children were inside. One woman, Crystal Bohannon, allowed people to do drugs in her house while children were there, he said.

“She knew there was drug abuse going on and she did nothing to stop it,” Costantino said.

Police don’t know yet whether the four weapons recovered in the arrests were stolen.

Costantino said the week of arrests shows how vigilant police are in pursuing drug abuse cases.

“We’re continuing to send a strong message that we’ll be very aggressive,” he said.

Anyone with information on drug-related incidents can call Elyria police at 323-3302.

Those arrested were:

  • Crystal Bohannon, 33, of Lake Avenue, Elyria, charged with child endangering and permitting drug abuse.
  • Ramon Clark, 30, of Melvyn Lane, Elyria, charged with trafficking heroin and possessing criminal tools.
  • Brian Foster, 25, of Vic Janowicz Drive in Elyria, picked up for an outstanding warrant from Erie County for failure to report to jail.
  • Selena Garcia, 35, of Lake Avenue, Elyria, charged with possession of crack, permitting drug abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Donte Griffin, 24, of Lake Avenue, Elyria, charged with two counts of trafficking in crack with a juvenile specification, trafficking crack, having weapons under disability, drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
  • Jason Harris, 30, of Griswold Road, Elyria, picked up for outstanding warrants from Elyria for theft and failure to report to jail.
  • Shaun Harris, 32, of Griswold Road, Elyria, charged with two counts of trafficking heroin and for having an outstanding warrant from Elyria for theft.
  • Damaius Kirk, 27, of West Lincoln Street, Oberlin, charged with two counts of trafficking heroin, trafficking cocaine and having weapons under disability.
  • Samantha Lemmeyer, 32, of Rosewood Street, Elyria, picked up for an outstanding warrant for theft from Elyria, and charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug abuse instruments.
  • Michael Lewis, 30, of Courtland Street, Elyria, charged with trafficking heroin.
  • Joshua Moore, 35, of Carlisle Avenue, Elyria, charged with trafficking Opana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Roy Pinkston, 28, of Leavitt Road, Lorain, charged with permitting drug abuse, two counts of trafficking heroin and trafficking Ecstasy.
  • Carrie Scholl, 30, of Floral Court, Elyria, charged with three counts of trafficking heroin.
  • Joshua D. Scott, 27, of Nelson Street, Elyria, charged with two counts of trafficking heroin.
  • Nicolaus Shores, 23, of North West River Road, Elyria, charged with possession of crack, drug paraphernalia and driving under suspension.
  • Ashley Siembida, 24, of Melvyn Lane, Elyria, picked up for two outstanding warrants through Elyria for theft.
  • Gregory Tillman, 27, of Washington Avenue, Elyria, charged with trafficking heroin.
  • Tremaine White, 24, of Middle Avenue, Elyria, charged with trafficking heroin.
  • Demann Wilson, 35, of 10th Street, Elyria, charged with two counts of trafficking heroin, trafficking cocaine, possession of cocaine, trafficking oxycodone, possession of oxycodone, trafficking marijuana and possession of marijuana.
  • Terrell Wingo, 29, of Concord Avenue, Elyria, charged with trafficking heroin and possession of criminal tools.
  • Joey Wiseman, 32, of Nelson Street, Elyria, charged with trafficking cocaine with a juvenile specification, possession of cocaine, tampering with evidence, possession of marijuana and an outstanding warrant from Elyria for domestic violence.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.